Thursday, April 14, 2005
Bush Regime Budget "viciously uncivilized"
A 'viciously uncivilized' budget
By Jane Walsh
Special to The Courier-Journal
This month, President Bush was widely quoted as telling the nation that "the essence of civilization is that the strong have a duty to protect the weak." If, by weak, the President means the disabled, the ill, the addicted, the impoverished, the uneducated, the elderly and the very young -- the federal budget he proposes for 2006 is a viciously uncivilized one.
Nearly 70 years ago, the U.S. government gave voice to the nation's duty to protect the weak in the National Housing Act of 1937. That law created the predecessor of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development -- the U.S. Housing Authority. With this legislation, the American people were told that the duty of the federal government was to assure decent and sanitary housing for every American. ...
Today, U.S. taxpayers dedicate less than 2 percent of the total federal budget to housing the nation's most vulnerable. We have become, in 30 years, a country less able -- and perhaps less willing -- to protect the weak by providing them decent shelter. ...
The President's budget proposal turns its back on American cities, on its rural communities and on its weak and vulnerable. The good news is that it is still only a proposal -- one undergoing scrutiny by our representatives in Washington. END QUOTE.
More crimes against humanity, no cop, no prosecutor in sight.